mi-football iPod docking station speaker system review

The mi-football from Mi-Dockspeakers is the company's follow-up to the rather cute i-Pig, both iPod novelty items that should have lasting appeal. Released in time for Christmas, and with the World Cup just around the corner, the mi-football docking station speaker system for iPod and iPhone is clearly aimed at musical football fans.

A little smaller than a full-sized football it comes with four legs that help keep the sturdy unit in place on a desk or bedside table. Build is surprisingly solid, with two speakers built discreetly into the design so as not to distract from the overall ball shape. A range of limited controls sit above the speakers, and a full remote control gives control over your iPod or iPhone.

While clearly not high-end hi-fi quality, the mi-football sound reproduction is more than adequate, especially if you tweak the treble and bass settings via the remote. We found the speaker dock performed well with a range of musical styles, offering a bright and bouncy sound that didn't get lost in a fairly large bedroom. Playback of speech was clean, precise and involving.

An On/Off switch is located around the back of the dock’s base, next to the easily detachable power cable, which makes turning the unit completely off fiddly especially in a darkened bedroom. A small blue light also flickers in standby which some may find a distraction.

The mi-football iPod dock is available in three colours – traditional black and white, blue and white, or red and white. The company says the unit can be branded with the England badge or the crest of your favourite football club. It’s compatible with all iPods and iPhones and just about everything else via a 3.5mm jack plug.

OUR VERDICT

As novelty items go the mi-football iPod docking station won't prove an own goal if it turns up in your stocking come Christmas. While audiophiles should look elsewhere, the sound, with a little tweaking, is surprisingly good. With no obvious distortion you can ramp up the volume or listen at lower levels making this dock an excellent choice for a child's bedroom.

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